Falz Fires Up The Internet With ‘This Is Nigeria’

 

With nearly three million YouTube views in less than a week and an avalanche of reactions on social media, rapper Falz’s “This is Nigeria” has touched a nerve about the country’s problems.

The track and video, a cover version of US performer Childish Gambino’s “This is America”, sees Falz wander around a huge warehouse bare-chested as a series of violent scenes unfurl.

“This is Nigeria. Look how we living, nah! Look what we eating, nah!” he riffs to the camera.

Machetes replace the guns of the US version, where Gambino questions his compatriots about life for black people and police brutality.

That version has been viewed more than 220 million times on YouTube in the last month.

“This is Nigeria” was released on the video-sharing platform on May 25 and paints an unforgiving picture of life in Africa’s most populous nation.

Despite having generated billions of dollars from oil, more than 70 percent of Nigeria‘s 180 million people live in poverty, corruption is endemic and violent unrest commonplace.

If the track arouses passions, it’s because it overturns the status quo.

In Nigeria, it’s rare to see a music video open with anything other than scantily clad women sprawled over a luxury car or free-flowing champagne.

Music more often goes together with easy money than political conscience.

“I think we are too distracted by entertainment in general, by flashy lifestyle,” the 27-year-old Falz told the private Wazobia television channel this week.

“We need to pause and think and look at our social space. We have a voice as artists and we need to use that voice for the right purpose, we need to speak the true to wake people up.

“The terrible state of Nigeria has become so normalised.”

 Spirit of Fela 

Falz has won high praise in Nigeria and abroad for the track.

In the United States, hip-hop star P. Diddy shared the video on his Instagram account, celebrating “artists changing the game!!!”

Music journalist Joey Akan was quick to compare Falz to Fela Kuti, the icon of Afrobeat and freedom of expression during Nigeria‘s three decades of military rule.

“‘This is Nigeria‘ embodies the revolutionary and rebel spirit of Fela Anikulapo Kuti before him,” he wrote in an opinion piece published online by CNN.

“It shows that contrary to popular opinion among local talents, there is a demand for conscious music.

“Musicians tend to avoid political commentary, partly due to an ingrained fear of persecution from the powerful political class.”

For example, Nigeria‘s 2Baba last year announced a mass demonstration against economic recession but was forced to back-pedal under pressure.

Global superstars such as Davido or Wizkid meanwhile continue to perform for political bigwigs and captains of industry who are prepared to pay a small fortune for private concerts.

‘Bad Nollywood’ 

Falz — his real name is Folarin Falana — is not a nobody.

He gave up a career in law to go into music. His father is leading Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana and excerpts of his speech on corruption are in the track.

One of Falana senior’s most famous clients was Fela Kuti.

Falz is giving a voice to the thoughts of many Nigerians who are tired of years of bad governance, and as President Muhammadu Buhari vies for a second term at elections next year.

After three years in power and repeated promises to turn the country around, they feel nothing has been done — and may even have gotten worse.

In Falz’s video, dancers wear long blue hijabs in a clear reference to the schoolgirls from Chibok, whose kidnapping by Boko Haram caused more outrage abroad than at home.

In other scenes corrupt police officers beat up young men and drug addicts, and generators run flat out to make up for a lack of electricity from the national grid.

Even Nigeria‘s numerous powerful evangelical pastors aren’t spared. They’re depicted as hypocritical charlatans on the hunt for cash.

Not everyone is a fan of “This is Nigeria“. Some have criticised it for “plagiarism” and of even being a “bad Nollywood” version of the US track.

“If we go by social media reaction… we could give him (Falz) the award for Best Political Commentary,” critic Oris Aigbokhaevbolo wrote on medium.com.

“He would deserve the award but that is only because there is no competition.

“Wizkid and Davido will not sing it, sequestered as they are in some club or festooned to a fluffy bed by a buxom broad.”

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UW_xEqCWrm0

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I’ve Said It Before, Simi Is My ‘Orente’ – Adekunle Gold

 

Afro-pop artiste, Adekunke Gold, has finally disclosed who the love of his life is.

The artist who has always kept his relationship private, made the revelation when asked to clarify the rumours that he was dating fellow artiste, Simi – during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Saturday.

Although attempting to avoid the question, Gold acknowledged, ‘I’ve said it before that she is the ‘Orente’.

This comes after several speculations that the two had been dating.

Contrary to this fact, some other fans had also believed that Simi was rather in a relationship with fellow artiste, Falz, going by the ‘chemistry’ they both seemed to have after several performances together.

Read Also: Simi, Falz Drop Hilarious Video For ‘Foreign’

But when asked about marriage, Gold, however, said there are no plans for now.

“I don’t know, maybe soon, maybe next year or next two years,” he stated.

Speaking about his career, the artist who just released his sophomore album, About 30, said he would spend the rest of the year touring.

Read Also: Adekunle Gold’s Life Inspired Latest Album ‘About 30’

In the 14-track album, Gold dug into his life story and shared lessons from his experiences.

“About 30 is the continuation of the story, it is my life story, the things have experienced, things that I learnt growing up, things that I’ve learnt from others and other people’s stories that I just kind of tap into to talk about.

“People tell me their stories and somedays I see something’s on twitter and I want to talk about it,” he told Channels Television earlier In France.

His first hit single ‘Sade’, which he says was a combination of rock and afro precautions still proves to be a crowd pleaser all the time and he promises that About 30 will equally be nothing short of that.

Simi, Falz Drop Hilarious Video For ‘Foreign’

 

 

Singers, Simi and Falz have finally dropped the long-awaited music video to ‘Foreign’ , one of the songs off their Extended Play, and it will definitely leave you smiling.

This will be the first video to be released from the 7-track EP titled Chemistry which the duo released in 2016.

The colourful video shows the soft work and Jamb crooners as two locals trying to impress each other with false tales of how influential they both are.

Fans are already expressing much love, with some saying that the video gives a better understanding of the song. Watch the video below.

Read Also: Davido, Wizkid, Simi Top 2018 Headies Nominee’s List

Falz Stuns At First Lagos Concert ‘The Falz Experience’

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Nigerian rap artist, Folarin Falana a.k.a Falz, has held his first headline concert in Lagos.

Tagged ‘The Falz Experience’, the event took place on the Wednesday, December 20, at the Eko Convention Center, Eko Hotels & Suites.

Top Nigerian acts like Simi, Yemi Alade, Davido, Reekado Banks, Wande Coal, Ycee, were among those who performed at the show.

It was indeed an experience for attendees because apart from music performances by other artists, Falz thrilled fans with the performance of skits which he is also popular for among other things.

The concert was produced by Livespot, in conjuction with Bahd Guys Entertainment, the record label founded by Falz.

From his hit songs, Jeje, wehdonsir, La Fete, to the success of his third studio album ‘27’, and now his headline concert, one can say it has indeed been a great year for the singer.

Falz Drops New Album ‘27’

Musician, Folarin Falana popularly known as Falz has dropped his latest album ‘27’ to mark his 27th birthday.

The singer, born October 27, 1990, took to social media to make the big announcement of his 3rd album since he officially started his music career in 2011.

While he started music from a tender age, he rose to lime-light when he emerged with a comic-side to his personality and soon became an internet sensation.

Falz has featured several musicians such as Y-cee, YBNL boss, Olamide and Simi with whom he released an EP Chemistry in 2016.

He hinted that ‘27′ features top artistes like Davido, Olamide, Y-cee, Maleek Berry, among others.

Musicians Glorifying Fraudsters Are Destroying Our Future – Falz

Falz-WizkidFamous Nigerian rapper Folarin Falana, better known by his stage name Falz, trended on Twitter on Thursday after he called on fellow artistes to stop glorifying internet scammers and fraudsters.

In an interview with Hip Tv, Falz asked entertainers as role models to stop glorifying fraudsters in their songs.

“You are a role model to the younger ones and you are hailing fraudsters, you are making the younger ones feel it is good to do it. Stop it! It is destroying our future,” he said.

Falz noted that the effects of such songs are destructive to the younger generation, stressing that artistes should rather engage in singing meaningful songs.

See some reactions to the video below:

Falz Thrills Fans With New Music Video ‘Jeje’

FalzFolarin Falana, better known by his stage name, Falz (the Bahd Guy), is out with a new music video, to his song titled ‘Jeje’.

Falz announced the official release of the music video produced by Studio Magic, Directed by Mex Films and featuring Ghanaian based model, on Friday.

The rap artist who shot into limelight after his song titled Marry Me, featuring vocals from Poe and Yemi Alade, won him a nomination in the “Best Collaboration of The Year” category at the 2015 Nigeria Entertainment Awards, has continued to release major hits thrilling fans worldwide.

He has won several awards in the entertainment industry such as the Best Street Hip Hop Artiste of the Year at the Headies (2015), Best Actor in a Comedy Movie/Series at the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards, among others.

The 26 year old entertainer and Soft Work crooner, who currently owns an independent record label called Bahd Guys Records, has also collaborated with various artists including X3M Music’s Simi, with whom he released a collaborative EP ‘Chemistry’ on October 27, 2016.

Enjoy this one.

Falz And Simi ‘Love Up’ In New EP ‘Chemistry’

falz, simi, EP, chemistry, Music stars, Falz and Simi, who were both nominated in the Best Breakthrough Act category at the recently concluded MTV Africa Music Award, have released a joint EP titled ‘Chemistry’.

The release of the seven-track project on Thursday, was preceded by several ‘pre-wedding’ themed photographs, which caused a frenzy on social media, as many wondered whether they would confirm long-standing speculations of a romance between them.falz, simi, EP, Chemistry

One may say this comes as birthday gift from Falz to fans as the long-awaited EP collaboration with Simi was also released on the singer’s birthday.

Songs on the extended play include ‘Foreign’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Show You Pepper’ and ‘Enough’, among others.

2Baba, Others Set To Thrill At Celebrity Fans Challenge

falz, tu face, celebrity fans challengeMusic stars, 2Baba, Falz, and several others are set to headline the 2016 Celebrity Fans Challenge.

The second edition of the event will feature up to 30 celebrities who are expected to thrill their fans on stage as well as compete with them in various football based competitions.

The A-list stars are to battle each other in support of their favourite football clubs before a panel of judges as well as fans.

‘Soft work’ crooner, Falz, was present at a press parley held in Lagos, to unveil the artiste line-up.

He pointed out similarities in music and football, two things that organizers of the event consider a unifying factor for Nigerians.

The showdown which has been slated for December 3, 2016 will hold in Victoria Island Lagos.

Patoranking Releases ‘Money’ Music Video

patoranking, money, music video, phynoDancehall artist, Patoranking, has released a video to one of the tracks off his new album, God Over Everything.

The track titled ‘money’, features rapper, Phyno, and was directed by Sesan.

The Alubarika crooner, who started his career as a dancer, and lover of ghetto music as well as dancehall vibes, appears to now be the rave of the moment.

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Patoranking, Phyno

With his vocal command and patois flair, he has so far done over 10 collaborations, including that of his ‘Girly o’ remix in which he featured Nigeria’s Biggest Female artist, Tiwa Savage.

Penthauze label member, Phyno, on the other hand, has gained much popularity for his unique rap style usually done in the Igbo language.

With recent collaborations with artists such as YBNL’s Olamide, law graduate turned musician/comedian, Falz, and many others in the industry, the artist appears to have gained even more fan base.

AO Of G.R.A.P Music Drops New Single

AOMeanwhile, G.R.A.P music signee, A.O, has dropped his first official single, ‘Walahi Walahi which features label mate, Vector and rapper, Jesse Jagz.

The highly anticipated track was produced by heavily sought after Producer Licious Crackitt.

Some reviews on the track have already revealed that there seemed to be a lot of refreshing experimentation on the record, most noticeable the relaxed baritone voice singing in the chorus.Falz

With Falz ‘upping’ his rap game with more frequent collaborations as well as music releases, he has yet again featured Ajebutter 22 and Fresh L on a new track titled ‘Regards To Your Mumsy’ which was produced by Oluwasesan.

Simi Shares Her Life, Music And Plans To Keep Wowing Fans

simi, music, life, falz Nigerian artiste, Simisola Bolatito, Ogunleye popularly known as Simi, has continually stunned the world with her music.

Simi who started her career officially in 2014, said people had been supportive and that she still had a lot she wished to achieve.

Sharing about her life and career, Simi says she had to work twice as hard before she got to her current status.

According to her, society believes that “it’s a man’s world, so you have to double your efforts” as a female.

She also believes that women are not really given a chance at first, but pointed out that “you must take the chance if you must make things work”.

Her hit single ‘Jamb Question’ from 2015, featured guest act, Falz the bad guy and catapulted her to the top echelon within the music sphere.

She also featured on Falz’ single and hit song, ‘Soldier’ which came with a short film.

The close working relationship had tongues wagging about a possible romantic relationship between the duo, which they have both denied in separate interviews with Channels Television.

Simi told her fans to look out for a lot of projects including the release of her album, and a project in which she would be collaborating with Falz.

Although she has not gotten any acting offers recently, the singer said she may be considering acting soon.

However, Simi is already experiencing a blooming career and it appears events are conspiring to push her to the top faster than imagined.

Falz Reveals Current Relationship Status With Simi

Falz SimiRapper, Falz, has addressed rumours of a romantic relationship with singer, Simi, letting fans know that both are yet to start dating.

Speculations have surrounded the nature of the relationship between rapper, Falz and singer, Simi – two artistes working to make the ‘A list’ in Nigeria’s music industry.

Their first collaboration on the remix of Simi’s ‘Jamb Question’ was well received by fans and it was quickly followed with Falz’s ‘solider’.

The two have been spotted together at different events, which continues to fuel rumours that both are nurturing a romantic relationship.

In a recent interview with Entertainment News, Falz revealed the current situation, saying in his typical comic accent that “at this current moment, we are not dating but you never know what the future holds”.

He also talked about balancing comedy with music, which he noted was no easy task.